Togo: Togolese holding foreign passports exempt from visas

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Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Starting  August 21, 2014, Togolese citizens holding foreign passports will be exempt from visas when travelling to the country, with the exception of those who have legally given up their Togolese nationality, the Togolese Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

It said in a statement that in order to enter Togo, the affected Togolese must present the passport obtained in their host country, together with a valid Togolese passport or a valid national identity or consular card, or any other document that can prove their Togolese origin.

The decision, which aims to facilitate the movement of the concerned Togolese, follows the recommendations from the talks held by the Togolese Diaspora in the French capital, Paris, in Montreal, Canada and in Lomé earlier this year.

Official sources put the number of Togolese in the Diaspora at 1,500,000, or about a quarter of the country’s population.